Football Snaps Home Skid, Tops Shaw 32-21


SALISBURY, NC – Senior Patrick Dennis (Durham, NC/Cedar Ridge HS) threw for 296 yards and a pair of scores, while the Catawba defense recorded six sacks in a 32-21 win over visiting Shaw University in football action on Saturday night at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.  The Catawba Indians improve to 2-1, while the Bears fall to 1-2.

Catawba scored on all five of its first-half possessions and built a 23-14 edge at the break.  Dennis guided the Indians 66 yards on the opening drive that was capped by a one-yard run by Josh Wright (Raeford, NC/Hoke Co. HS/W. Carolina).  On the ensuing possession, Catawba marched 51 yards with Dennis tossing a 10-yard pass to Gerron Bryant (W. Palm Beach, FL/Boynton Beach HS/Palm Beach CC) for the score and a 14-0 lead.

Shaw got on the board quickly after going down by two touchdowns as Kevin Atkins (Durham, NC) completed three passes to cover 61 yards in just 50 seconds.  The last one for the score went to Tyrone Bolden (Cleveland, OH) from 11 yards out. 

Two Thomas Trexler (Wilmington, NC/New Hanover HS) field goals extended the Catawba lead to 20-7 before Atkins ran in from a yard out to cut the margin to 20-14 with just 1:13 left in the half.  Catawba was able to get into field goal position before the break and Trexler connected from 45 yards away for the 23-14 lead.

Catawba extended its lead to 30-14 late in the third quarter when Wright caught a six-yard scoring pass from Dennis.  Shaw got a score back midway through the fourth quarter on a 15-yard pass from Atkins to Julius Gregory (Portsmouth, VA) and stopped a Catawba drive inside the red zone on an interception by Darnell Evans (Madison, NJ).  The Catawba defense responded when Julian Hartsell (Columbia, SC/Ridgeview HS) and Damien Lee (Reidsville, NC/Reidsville HS) combined to bring down Atkins in the end zone for a safety with 5:17 left.

Dennis completed 22-of-32 passes on the night, while Wright ran for 93 yards and caught three passes.  Bryant led the way with six receptions for 77 yards, while Brandon Bunn (Virginia Beach, VA/Fork Union/VMI) had five grabs for 73 yards.  Hartsell and Lee were each in on three sacks, while Brandon Sutton (Snow Hill, NC/Greene Central HS) had a pair of sacks with a forced fumble, a blocked field goal and nine total tackles.

Atkins completed 22-of-31 passes for 259 yards and two scores for Shaw.  Raymond Williams (Cleveland, OH) added 55 yards on the ground, but the Bears finished the game with a net of just four yards rushing.  Bolden caught six passes for 62 yards.  Fred Sparkman (Columbia, TN) made a dozen tackles on defense and had a sack.


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«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

April 27

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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